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Trekking to Belukha. Kazakhstan

Trekking, horse riding tour to the magnificent Belukha from Kazakhstan

You will have an exciting and unforgettable journey to the very heart of the Altai Mountains - to the foot of the mysterious and majestic Belukha Mountain (4509 m). There are many myths and legends around this legendary and uniquely beautiful peak!

  • Mount Belukha is a place of attraction and pilgrimage for climbers, artists, photographers and esotericists, as well as for lovers of wild nature in its original form.
  • Belukha is included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List.

Attention!

  • It is possible to conduct an individual tour for your company on one of the offered free dates (preliminary reservation is required)
  • Choosing the date of arrival, the logistics should be planned so as to arrive in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk the day before the start date of the trip, and to leave Ust-Kamenogorsk the next day after the end of the trip!
Article:
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Country:
Kazakhstan
Tour type:
Hiking and trekking
Directions:
Altai, Katunsky ridge, North-East of Kazakhstan
Complexity:
Medium
Number of participants:
From 7 to 12 people
Maximum height:
3000 m
Season:
July - August
Start of the program:
Ust-Kamenogorsk city (Alma-Ata city)
Finish program:
Ust-Kamenogorsk city (Alma-Ata city)
Duration:
9 days
Price:
640 USD
Count:
Tours dates
  
25.06.202102.07.2021
01.07.202108.07.2021
07.07.202114.07.2021
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Day 1
Meeting at the airport in Ust-Kamenogorsk. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner in a cafe in the city, meeting the participants with the guides and organizers. Overnight in Ust-Kamenogorsk

Day 2
Early breakfast, packing and we, when the participants are ready, leave by car towards Lake Yazevoe. The road runs along the picturesque landscapes of the East Kazakhstan Region, gradually deepening into the serpentines of the Altai Mountains! The first half of the way to the left and right we will be pursued by endless fields of sunflowers (according to the season), we will definitely make a stop here. We will see the waters of the Bukhtarma reservoir. Closer to lunchtime, our crew will arrive in the Katon-Karagai village. Here we issue a permit to enter the territory of the national park. We will have lunch at the Katon-Karagaya cafe. After lunch we will continue our way into the depths of the Kazakhstan Altai. In the village of Uryl, we pass the border outpost and there is not much left until the place of the first overnight stay on Lake Yazev. There is a small Yazevoy waterfall near the lake - we will definitely look here. On the lake, fishing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to cast their fishing rods - there is an ide fish (hence the name of the lake). We are resting after a long journey. Overnight at the guest house.
Distance: 450 km. Way of travel: car. Travel time: up to 12 hours

Day 3
Gathering in the morning, delicious breakfast, loading of things and equipment for horses. When the participants are ready, we move towards the foot of Mount Belukha, to the lower campground. The trek will be long, depending on the weather conditions and the preparation of the group, the travel time can be from 7 to 10 hours. You need to prepare for a long horse ride, put on comfortable clothes, and keep a raincoat, a supply of water and an energy snack within easy reach. Upon arrival at the base camp, we set up our own tent camp. Here we will stop for the next few days and will make daily radial exits.
Distance: 36 km. Way of travel: on horses. Travel time: up to 10 hours

Day 4
Morning breakfast, short preparations. A beautiful radial exit awaits us today. We will go with you to a lake of glacial origin called "Equilibrium Lake". The lake is located on a high-mountain range between 3 peaks - Vera (2591 m), Nadezhda (2709 m) and Lyubov (3039 m). Along the way, you can taste delicious blueberries straight from the bush, as well as pick mushrooms. This region is very rich in mushrooms and berries. We will also climb to the top of Mount Vera (the most accessible of the 3 peaks surrounding the lake). From the top, an excellent panoramic view opens up to near-back views! After descending from the summit, we will look at the labyrinth of "desires" made by Russian shamans.
Distance: up to 6 km. Way of travel: on foot (trekking). Travel time: up to 6 hours

Day 5
Morning breakfast, short preparations. Another beautiful radial exit awaits us today. We are heading to a sacred place - Roerich's Stone. According to legend, Nicholas Roerich in these parts was looking for an entrance to the magical land - Shambhala. Since then, people of different religious views, psychics, healers and simply curious people have made pilgrimages to this stone. Here is a very strong energy source that helps meditation, energizes and, according to legend, fulfills cherished desires. In gratitude, people leave a sacrifice to the stone in the form of sweets, coins or some significant things. The stone offers a magnificent view of Mount Belukha. Then we will go to the Berel glacier, look into its frightening crevices, and drink icy water. On the way back, let's pick up wild black currant leaves for tea.
Distance: up to 18 km. Way of travel: on foot (trekking). Travel time: up to 8 hours

Day 6
Well, are you tired? Need a good rest? Today is this day - unloading. We will take a walk to the Kokkol waterfall, it is located very close to our camp! Kokkol waterfall is an amazing, magical beauty creation of nature, one of the largest waterfalls in Kazakhstan, and certainly the most spectacular. The height of the waterfall cascade is about 80 meters. The stream width is 10 meters. The waterfall is formed by the small mountain river Bolshoy Kokkol, flowing from the lake of the same name and flowing into the river. White Berel. After lunch we return to the camp, summary time.
Distance: up to 2 km. Way of travel: on foot (trekking). Travel time: up to 2 hours

Day 7
We had a good rest the previous day. And today we have another and probably the most interesting trekking to the upper camp of the abandoned mine. Old Tungsten Mine (border with the Russian Federation). The abandoned Kokkol mine is a unique monument of mining. It was founded in 1938 on the Kokkol pass (3000 m above sea level). These include: the Kokkol mine (Upper Camp), Lower Camp, the road between the villages and the bridge across the White Berel. Due to the cold climate, all buildings and elements of the Upper Camp processing plant are well preserved and represent a wonderful open-air museum.
Distance: up to 18 km. Way of travel: on foot (trekking). Travel time: up to 8 hours

Day 8
So the time has flown by, you need to return to civilization. In the morning, having refreshed ourselves with a delicious breakfast, we pack up our camp and load our things on the horses, say goodbye to Belukha and start the way back along the already known route. After the descent, we arrive at the Yazevoe lake, rest in the guest house after the descent. We take a steam bath in a hot bath.
Distance: 36 km. Way of travel: on horses. Travel time: up to 10 hours

Day 9
Morning breakfast, loading things into the car and a long road to Ust-Kamenogorsk.
On the way we will stop for lunch at a cafe. In the evening we will arrive in Ust-Kamenogorsk. Accommodation at the hotel.
Distance: 450 km. Way of movement: motor transport. Travel time: up to 12 hours

Attention!

The itinerary is subject to change, depending on weather conditions, administrative issues, strength and preferences of the participants

For tour participants who arrive in Almaty, we recommend having 2-4 days (before or after the tour) in reserve for excursions in the city and nearby mountainous areas. You can visit:

  • High Mountain Sports Complex Medeu (Medeo) - 1691 m
  • Tract, ski complex - Chymbulak (Shymbulak) - 2200 m
  • Climb the Talgar pass (3200 m) or walk towards the Tuyuk-Su pass (4100 m)
  • Admire the nearest peaks: Tuyuk-Su (4218 m), Shkolnik peak (3590 m), Amangeldy peak (3999 m), Abay peak (4010 m), Nursultan peak (4376 m),
  • Manshuk Mametova (4194 m), Mayakovsky (4208 m), Pioneer (4031 m), Teacher (4045 m), etc.
  • Visit the famous Banno - health-improving complex - Arasan,
  • Visit the Green Bazaar, in the same cafe to eat deliciously with local flavor.
  • Go to Kapchagai - to the casino area, etc.

Nur-Sultan (Astana) or Almaty (Alma-Ata) - Ust-Kamenogorsk - Bukhtarma reservoir - Katon-Karagai village - Uryl village - Yazevoy waterfall - Yazevoe lake - Lower tent camp - Lake Equilibrium - Vera town (2591 m) - Nadezhda (2709 m) - Lyubov (3039 m) - labyrinth of "desires" - Roerich's stone - Berel glacier - Kokkol waterfall - Upper camp (Kokkol mine), Kokkol pass (3000 m) - Yazevoe lake - Katon-Karagai - Ust-Kamenogorsk - Ust-Kamenogorsk - Nur-Sultan (Astana) or Almaty (Alma-Ata)

Service package price - from 640 US dollars *

The tour price includes:

  • meeting at the airport in Ust-Kamenogorsk
  • transfer by car from Ust-Kamenogorsk to Lake Yazevoe and back
  • accommodation in a guest house on the lake. Yazevoe (on the first and 7th day of the tour)
  • sauna on Lake Yazevoe, on the penultimate day of the tour
  • accompaniment by experienced guides-instructors throughout the route (2 guides for a group of 7-12 people)
  • balanced meals on the route (field cuisine)
  • cook
  • environmental fees for staying in the Katon-Karagay National Park
  • registration of passes to the border zone
  • horses for each participant and for things from Lake Yazevoe to the Lower Camp and back
  • hermetic bags for things during the equestrian part
  • group equipment (tents, campfire and gas equipment, etc.)
  • group travel first aid kit
  • satellite phone for emergency communication

The tour price does not include:

  • logistics to Ust-Kamenogorsk
  • overnight in Ust-Kamenogorsk before the tour and after the end of the tour
  • lunch in a cafe in the village. Katon-Karagay on the first and last day of the route
  • medical insurance (optional, but we recommend taking out insurance, including evacuation by helicopter in case of force majeure)
  • rent of a tent, karemat, sleeping bag - at will

 

Mount Belukha (Kazakh name - Muztau), height 4509 m, is located in the Altai Mountains (Katun ridge) on the border of Kazakhstan and Russia. From the side of Kazakhstan - East Kazakhstan region.

All routes towards Belukha from Kazakhstan, as a rule, start from the regional center of Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Mount Belukha:

  • has two peaks: Western (4440 m) and Eastern (4509 m)
  • the highest point of Siberia and Altai
  • the kingdom of snow, ice, formidable avalanches and sparkling waterfalls, the second most popular peak of the Southern Altai.
  • the slopes of this mountain are covered with eternal snow and glaciers, covering an area of approximately 70 sq. km.

Recommendations for participants:

Always have your documents with you (passport / ID)!

(Since most of the route passes in the border area)

Clothing:

  • Comfortable clothing for hiking and horse riding (quick-drying pants, long-sleeved shirt, fleece jacket, windbreaker)
  • A set of warm clothes (puff, thermal underwear, warm pants, hat, gloves)
  • Raincoat or storm jacket, waterproof pants (it may rain on the way)
  • Swimsuit or swimming trunks
  • Headdress (cap, panama, etc.)
  • A set of changeable clothes is mandatory (for the rest in the evening after the active part)
  • "Flashlights" (shoe covers).
  • Gloves for the equestrian part
  • Shorts with "diaper" (cycling shorts) - for the equestrian part.

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots
  • Rubber boots (it is recommended to take, in bad weather a great option)
  • Lightweight sneakers or / and sandals for camp and small local outings

Other equipment:

  • Large backpack (70-80 l) that can accommodate all personal belongings. Protective rain cover for backpack
  • Small backpack (15-25 l) for local day trekking
  • Tent, sleeping bag (comfort temperature from 0 to -5), "foam" cushion (you can rent from us)
  • Trekking sticks
  • Headlamp with battery supply
  • Mug, spoon, plate
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Insect spray
  • Individual first aid kit (against allergies, etc.)
  • Personal hygiene products: toothbrush, paste, soap, washcloth, towel
  • Sunglasses
  • A flask for water or a plastic bottle

Attention!

  • to the formation of a backpack and a list of things, what to take with you and not to take, please take full responsibility

Pay attention to visiting Alma-Ata before or after the tour:

  • For tour participants who arrive in Almaty, we recommend having 2-4 days (before or after the tour) in reserve for excursions in the city and nearby mountain areas. You can visit:
  • High Mountain Sports Complex Medeu (Medeo) - 1691 m
  • Tract, ski complex - Chimbulak (Shymbulak) - 2200 m
  • Climb the Talgar pass (3200 m) or walk towards the Tuyuk-Su pass (4100 m)
  • Admire the nearest peaks: Tuyuk-Su (4218 m), Shkolnik peak (3590 m), Amangeldy peak (3999 m), Abay peak (4010 m), Nursultan peak (4376 m),
  • Manshuk Mametova (4194 m), Mayakovsky (4208 m), Pioneer (4031 m), Teacher (4045 m), etc.
  • Visit the famous Banno - health-improving complex - Arasan,
  • Visit the Green Bazaar, in the same cafe to eat deliciously with local flavor.
  • Go to Kapchagai - to the casino area, etc.
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